Legacy Lightning sneaks past Ralston Valley

Jonathan Maness
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 11/2/21

WESTMINSTER – Junior Cooper Stephens isn’t any stranger to scoring goals, and his scoring prowess came up big to help the Lightning advance out of the first round of the Class 5A soccer …

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Legacy Lightning sneaks past Ralston Valley

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WESTMINSTER – Junior Cooper Stephens isn’t any stranger to scoring goals, and his scoring prowess came up big to help the Lightning advance out of the first round of the

Class 5A soccer playoff tournament Stephens found the back of the net in the 52nd minute of the contest to lead No. 7 Legacy to a 1-0 victory over No. 26 Ralston Valley Oct. 27 at the Adams District 12 North Stadium.  

“I was hoping to score more, but I got that one in there and that was enough,” Stephens said. “It won us the game.” 

Stephens scored his 21st goal on the season with a header off of a corner kick.  

Legacy (13-2-1 overall, 7-2-1 Front League) dominated the field for most of the contest but couldn’t get past Ralston Valley’s defense, which didn’t allow a goal in the last four games of the regular season.  

“I thought (our team) played well,” Legacy coach Tony Romano said. “They played hard and stayed with it.” 

Ralston Valley’s dynamic play in the goal kept the Mustangs in the contest. Ralston Valley’s sophomore goalie Parker Scott had an amazing first half, keeping the dynamic Legacy squad scoreless. However, Scott left the game early in the second half after taking a knee to the head and was replaced by Donovan Meador.  

“I really thought Donovan did a great job,” Ralston Valley coach Jamie Scarcliff said. “I’m proud of him for coming in and stepping up. Both of (our goalies) really gave us a chance.”  

Offensively, Ralston Valley (8-7-1, 6-1-1) struggled to get any shots on goal, and a couple of late attempts went array in the closing minutes of the contest.  

Legacy’s next challenge was against rival Broomfield on Nov. 2, after press time. The two teams faced off earlier this year with the Lightning coming out on top 2-1. Broomfield, the 10th seed in the tournament, topped Columbine 2-1 in the opening round of the playoffs.  

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